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SquirrelMail has been dropped by CPanel after less than two decades it was added on as first webmail option for cPanel users.

This was the online Linux-based web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a website.

But, CPanel have announced their plan to stop shipping SquirrelMail in the near future for new installations of CPanel and their support for SquirrelMail.

Removing SquirrelMail from webmail options leaves cPanel users with only Horde and Roundcube.

SquirrelMail has been one of the cPanel bundled webmail applications. Due to no support for the application, cPanel needed to take a decision to stop shipping SquirrelMail for new installations of cPanel & WHM and remove supports with prior versions. This decision is expected to affect many users.

Historically SquirrelMail was added to cPanel back when webmail first became an option for cPanel users more than a decade ago. The webmail application provided a stable, feature-rich experience.

Its stability drew faithful followers. Technical support personnel especially appreciated it, because of its predictability. While other webmail applications failed, SquirrelMail was reliable.

The last update to SquirrelMail was 30th May 2013, with their last release on July 12, 2011. Many challenges have cropped up since, but there are no contributions towards its maintenance.

Unfortunately, recent security patches have significant problems. Webmail users expect a better experience than SquirrelMail provides. Rather than continuing to ship an unmaintained application, CPanel has decided to remove SquirrelMail.

CPanel does understand that some SquirrelMail faithful fans will not welcome their decision and has provided for such users. These users can continue to use SquirrelMail as cPanel & WHM will continue to support custom webmail applications.

These users are to follow cPanel documentation on Integrating Custom Webmail Applications and get the code from the SquirrelMail GitHub. CPanel has pointed out that it will be the server administrator’s responsibility to keep SquirrelMail up to date if updates are released.

*NB: this article was first published on NiRA website.

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